DR. SMRITI KUMAR SINHA …a voice for the voiceless
- Smriti Kumar Sinha is a dedicated writer in an endangered language, Bishnupriya Manipuri.
- He has penned thirty+ stories till date.
- He has to his credit four collections of short stories, three in Bishnupriya Manipuri and one in English, published .
- His short stories are translated into Assamese, Bengali, Kannada and English. Download Resume…
Dr. Smriti Kumar Sinha stands for minor and endangered languages and has been working in this direction for the last three decades. He is considered as a leading and dedicated short story writer in Bishnupriya Manipuri.
Dr. Sinha strives for creating quality literature in Bishnupriya Manipuri. He thinks that peer recognition of quality literature in an endangered language enhances the prestige value of the language. For a moribund language like Bishnupriya Manipuri, it is a fresh lease of life. He also believes that Indian literature is not the sum total of works published only in English, Hindi and other major Indian languages. This partial sum provides only a partial view of the vast literature of India, where there are more than one thousand six hundred languages and dialects. Literary works in other dialects and minor languages of India are also important components of Indian literature. Recognition of quality works in such minor and endangered languages will be the true recognition of creative writings.
Till date Dr. Sinha has published 30+ short stories in Bishnupriya Manipuri. He has to his credit three collections of short stories published in Bishnupriya Manipuri.
- Smriti Kumaror chotogolpo volume 1 (স্মৃতিকুমারর ছোটগল্প, ১ম খণ্ড), published by Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Sabha, Assam, India.
- Sare Tin At Hopon (সাড়ে তিন আত হপন), published by Amarmanu, Assam India.
- Namoril Hojok Bisareya (নামরিল হজক বিসারেয়া), published by Pouri, Bangladesh.
Dr. Sinha’s short stories are translated into Assamese, Bengali, English and Kannada. Bengali translations have been published in India and Bangladesh. He published two stories, namely Fish of a Dead River (translated by Subhajit Bhadra) and God for a Night (translated by Ramlal Sinha) in Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Kannada translations of Fish of a Dead River and One-page Mahabharat (translated by Dr. Prabhakar Nimbargi) were published in Prajavani, a reputed Kannada daily of Deccan Herald group having 650000+ circulation. Fish of a Dead River and a few other stories are also translated into Assamese. A collection of fourteen short stories, translated into English by Ramlal Sinha, titled Seducing the Rain God, is published in 2015 by Niyogi Books, New Delhi .
“Sabi, the main character in the title story ‘Seducing the Rain God’, is one of the strongest women characters in Indian literature created by Smriti Kumar Sinha,” Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi
“If Garcia Marquez created Macondo, R.K.Narayan created Malgudi through their writings, Smriti Kumar Sinha has similarly created his own Khumolmati in this grandeur of a story. Sabi, the main protagonist of the story, comes out as one of the strongest women character in Indian literature through her extreme sacrifices,” Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro-vice Chancellor, Tezpur University.
“…In the realm of Bishnupriya Manipuri short story Smriti Kumar Sinha’s collection of stories Seducing the Rain God has broken a new ground. Sinha writes in an endangered language which faces threat of annihilation but when his stories were made available through English translation it created a ripple. Sinha is just one example who champions the cause of endangered langauge in the context of literature of the Northeast…” Subhajit Bhadra, A glimpse into the contemporary Northeast Literature, Eastern Chronicle, Guwahati Edition, Page 6, Feb 18, 2017
“ … Citizen is the modern day Heart of Darkness…..”, Kanishka Gupta, Writer’s Side, New Dewali (by email)
“… Smriti Kumar Sinha emerges as a major voice from this region but interestingly enough he writes in a minor language, called the Bishnupriya Manipuri language. Sinha is an eclectic intellectual who takes pleasure in switching between different interdisciplinary branches of knowledge and he has created stories that are rich in structure and texture, novel in theme and subject matter, innovative in terms of technique and expression. He has always put emphasis on quality rather than on quantity and he believes in the economy of expression regarding his style in short story. His chosen language is still developing and Sinha painstakingly expands the possibilities of the resources of his native Bishnupriya Manipuri language with each of his short stories marked by the free flowing style, suggestive images and metaphors and a philanthropic ideal…”, Subhajit Bhadra, Expanding Possibilities, The Assam Tribune.
Dr. Sinha received the Geetiswami Memorial Award, 2010, instituted by POURI, a leading Manipuri Socio-Cultural Organization, Bangladesh where too the author has a sizable audience.
Dr Sinha received Dilip Sinha Smriti Puraskar, Instituted by famous poet Brojendra Kumar Sinha, Hailakandi, Assam.
Dr. Sinha did his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2001 under the guidance of Prof. Gautam Barua, ex Director of IIT, Guwahati. He did his M. Sc. In Physics from Gauhati University.
Dr. Sinha is currently a Professor of Computer Science in Tezpur University, Assam.He founded the Dept. of Computer Science, Tezpur University in 1994.
He also worked as researcher at SAP Research Lab, Sofia Antipolis, France.
Smriti Kumar Sinha is a life striving for creativity in science, literature and life. He was born on 7th October, 1959 in a family dedicated to art, literature and culture in a remote village called Bekirpar, near Silchar, Assam. His father Late Aswini Kumar was a dramatist of repute and caring mother Devakanya is a pious and kind hearted woman. Dr. Sinha lives happily with his wife Sunanda, daughter Ilina and son Tathagata at Tezpur.
Prof. Smriti Kumar Sinha
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
Tezpur University, Tezpur, 784 028, Assam, India
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